Andy Andrews. How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why The truth Matters More Than You Think. Thomas Nelson, 2011. (84 pages)
The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men. – Plato
If it is correct that “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free,” then is it possible that if you don’t know the truth, its absence can place you in bondage? (2)
What we need to understand is how eleven million people allow themselves to be killed. (19)
The answer is breathtakingly simple. And it is a method still being used by some elected leaders to achieve various goals today. How do you kill eleven million people? Lie to them. (21)
The most dangerous thing any nation faces is a citizenry capable of trusting a liar to lead them. (42)
Any country can survive having chosen a fool as their leader. But history has shown time and again that a nation of fools is surely doomed. (42)
By the way, have you ever noticed that if any one of us lies to them [politicians], it is a felony? But if any one of them lies to us, it is considered politics. (44)
Why do these civilization all seem to follow the same identifiable sequence — from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, and finally from dependence back into bondage? (46)
It is direction, not intention, that determines destination. – Andy Stanley
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This is both an interesting and disappointing read. The provocative nature of the question and simplicity of the answer — that deceit is a brilliant way to manipulate millions of people to their death — is commendable, and has a level of depth and profundity that really should be considered. It is also excellent that the clarion call of this book is for people to tell the truth, and for people to discern the truth.
But the proof-texting of John 8, the political tone of the book, the oversimplification of issues in the Q&A towards the back, and the parallels drawn between 21st century America and Nazi Germany leave the reader with an oversimplification of the issues mentioned. There is far more to the story than a short book like this can truly convey.
So, simply put, How do you kill 11 million people? Lie to them. Thus, discerning the truth is a fundamental virtue necessary for a great, healthy, and prosperous people.